By JOHN HARLOW | Editor-in-Chief
Next spring, the Palisadian-Post will turn a spritely 90 and be eligible for cake at the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club’s 90th-Plus Birthday Party.
In 1928, the first edition boasted it had been printed at a magical place “where the mountains meet the sea” and revealed that $1 million was being spent to pave the future Chautauqua Boulevard. It was, apparently, in a terrible state. Some things never change.
Over the decades, there have been dozens of extraordinary reporters and editors, managers and designers, all dedicated to capturing the unique town spirit that is Pacific Palisades.
Sometimes it feels a little Mayberry, as it will be next Tuesday, on the Fourth of July.
Sometimes it feels a little darker.
All sides of this extraordinary community have been faithfully recorded for generations at the Palisadian-Post because that is what your town newspaper does.
A colorful cavalcade of characters has owned the Post since the days when it cost five cents. Past proprietors, such as Charlie and Bill Brown, who also owned a rival “crosstown” paper, and the Small family of Kankakee, Illinois, seemed to end up in the Palisades by accident.
Others, like Clifford Clearwater, who delivered the mail door-to-door by horse, and his widow/editor Zola Clearwater, and today’s proprietor Alan Smolinisky, were born and bred Palisadian.
Today’s staff may not ride horses in working hours—those are spent talking to people from the Huntington to the Highlands. And even in these uncertain times, they are proud to be part of a grand and enduring tradition of community journalism.
These are the faces you may see around town, at the farmers market or in the street, desperate for coffee or tacos: Say hello and share your stories.
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